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Annual Report VSF-SUISSE

Content Fragile and strong


A moving year


VSF-Suisse: Portrait


Our projects in focus

p.11 ff

Fresh milk in Bamako

p.21 ff

Financial statement

p.29 ff

Thank you...

p.35 2

Fragile and strong Africa is always good for a surprise. Read on p.14 about one of our projects in Kenya and learn how – despite the crises and repeated droughts – our field team was able to establish a sustainable natural resource management system. As a result the soil stays fertile and cattle can be raised in a more sensitive way. A lot of sacrifice and innovation was needed from the local communities to achieve this, but due to the commitment of all, the system works well. The success of this project is a lesson learned for us all. In this year VSF-Suisse nearly had to close its activities. The repercussions of our financial crisis hit the organisation and had a significant effect on our daily work. However we never stopped believing that the organisation should continue its activities. Our call to save VSF-Suisse was heard and as you can read on p.35, our supporters

responded to it in an incredible way. You all showed how strongly you still believe in VSF-Suisse. To see such solidarity has given our team a lot of energy. Our finances remain fragile as you can read on p.31. Nevertheless, we have closed the year with a positive figure, which is the ultimate proof of our professionalism. VSF-Suisse is alive, because of you. It is also alive thanks to our very committed staff, who deliver excellent work for the benefit of the African communities, from the Head Office in Switzerland and in the field. The projects presented from p.11 onwards give you the best insight into our dedication. A team that is alive is also a changing team. Bonny Wilkinson, our Executive Director, decided to leave: a big thank you to her for having led the organisation in these challenging times. Nicole Lit­ schgi covered the transition period with professionalism and efficiency. Finally, in January 2014, we welcomed Daniel

Bolomey as our new Executive Director. Having worked for Amnesty International Switzerland as Secretary General for a decade he brings not only solid experience, but also curiosity and creativity, which will be very important for VSFSuisse. Read the story of former child soldiers on p.18 who are finding their way back to a more stable life thanks to the gift of a few goats. If their lives remain fragile, at the same time they are incredibly strong as well. VSF-Suisse is also fragile and yet strong. No matter how fragile we might be at present, it will not prevent us from continuing with all our strength to ensure that our activities in Africa are sustainable. This is only possible with you and because of you. I thank you all from my heart. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kihm Chair of the Board



A moving year The annual report presents an opportunity to inform members, supporters and donors about the work realized during the past twelve months, as well as about the successes and difficulties encountered. But it is also the moment to mobilize the spirits, resources and energy necessary to go forward. In 2013 I was not yet director of VSFSuisse and therefore it is easier for my colleagues to make you - on the following pages – aware of the importance of the work of our small, but very efficient organization. It has indeed an effect on the lives of hundred thousands of people afflicted by hunger, illness and natural calamities. It is thanks to the specific competencies in animal health of our organization, but also based on the fact that human and environmental health matter equally in the implementation of our projects, that VSF-Suisse changes the lives of so many people for the better.

2013 was without any doubt a difficult year for VSF-Suisse. In December 2013 the Board took a courageous decision to restart the machine in order to finally break out of the vicious circle. That is the reason why all forces in 2014 will concentrate on definitely saving VSF-Suisse by ensuring a balanced financial result and the complete coverage of the deficit, while continuing the projects in the field. The following strong points will hopefully lead to the success and development of our organization: •

A strengthened anchorage in the Swiss veterinary community and among their clients. The ability to count on substantial, non restricted donations, which allow our organization to effectively manage its activities.

coming years. •

The clarification of our identity and positioning in the NGO world in order to continue as a reliable and valued partner in the field and to improve communication with our members and donors.

A strengthening of the partnerships with Swiss and international NGOs in order to build synergies which are indispensable for the acquisition and realization of our projects.

We are convinced that pulling in the same direction, we can succeed. And this is thanks to the support of our members and donors to whom I’d like to address my most sincere thanks. Daniel Bolomey Director VSF-Suisse

The adoption of a renewed strategy that will guide our decisions in the 5


VSF-Suisse: Portrait 7

healthy animals, healthy people, healthy planet 8

VSF-Suisse in a nutshell More than one billion people all over the world live on less than a Dollar a day. In an environment marked by hunger and poverty, livestock plays a significant role in rural communities. Not only does it produce milk, eggs and meat but it also ensures the provision of important products such as wool, leather and dung. The livestock can be used for the transport of water and goods and serves as a “financial investment” for emergency situations. Furthermore, livestock is seen as status symbol in many parts of Africa and plays an important role in the communities’ social and cultural lives. For more than 25 years VSF-Suisse has devoted its work to ensure a better livelihood for the people living in remote, conflict and drought prone areas.

Regions where no or insufficient veterinary care services are available, are the core intervention areas. VSF-Suisse thereby supports people in six African countries. The activities include vaccination and de-worming campaigns, the education of veterinarians and community based animal health workers, capacity building of the community members or the distribution of healthy animals to disadvantaged families.


• 25 projects • Over 8,500 distributed animals • 3,5 million animal treatments

(vaccinations, de-worming, etc.)

• 739 trained Community Animal Health Workers

• 604 trainings • 168,000 households supported

with almost 1 million beneficiaries

As a part of the VSF-International network, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse is now increasingly working together with other organizations and shares the common aim: “healthy animals – healthy people – healthy planet”. The network improves the exchange of information and increases awareness of VSF with international partners. Thanks to this collaboration bigger projects can be realized and as a result, more people benefit from support. 9


Our projects in focus On the following pages we present some of our projects and interventions. You can find more information on 11



• Strengthening of milk value chain


• Environmental protection • Child protection • Rural income generation

South Sudan

• Food security • Child protection • Rural income generation


• Climate change prevention and adaption

• Disaster risk reduction • Food security and livelihoods

• Humanitarian aid


• Climate change prevention • •

and adaption Disaster risk reduction Food security and livelihoods


• Humanitarian aid • Food security and livelihoods



Managing Natural Resources Increasing land degradation has caused widespread poverty around the world, especially in Africa. 80% of Kenya’s land mass is categorized as arid or semi-arid, where agro-pastoralism and pastoralism based on livestock production serve as the bedrock of local livelihoods and culture. Frequent and severe droughts, growing demographic pressure and conflicts over resources utilization leave less time for herd and pasture recovery. Accessible grazing land is often mismanaged and either overgrazed or underutilized, leading to loss of pasture and poor re-growth during rainy seasons. This leads to loss in livestock production and hence a threat to pastoralists’ livelihoods, leaving them ever more vulnerable and dependent on external support. 14

INCREASING THE COMMUNITIES’ RESILIENCE In 2012 and 2013 VSF-Suisse worked to improve the degraded rangelands by implementing Holistic Management practices with communities in the arid lands of Kenya. Community driven rehabilitation of rangelands through planned grazing and animal impact leads to improved rangeland health, ecosystem functioning and livestock production. Based on traditional practices, this approach leads to a more sustainable livelihood for pastoralists. Through strengthened community-based rangeland management, the projects in Kenya aim to increase the resilience of pastoral communities to natural hazards. Over 1,000 ha of degraded communal land were targeted for rehabilitation. Through these projects, VSF-Suisse facilitated the formation and training of various community groups such as grazing committees and Field Resource Teams.

By establishing community grazing agreements and seasonal grazing plans, a big step towards the reduction of inter-clan resource conflicts could be taken. BARE LAND BECOMES PRODUCTIVE Surfaces previously characterized as bare land and used as bomas (livestock enclosures) subsequently regenerated with palatable grass after measures implemented by VSF-Suisse. The Chief of Bulesa Biliqo, Mr. Jirma Dima, is a 46 year old pastoralist and member of the grazing committee. Mr. Dima stated that the communities in his village managed to graze their animals within the designated community grazing areas even during dry periods. Ever since they started implementing the grazing plans and agreements, no livestock deaths or conflicts with neighbours associated with the drought were reported. Mrs. Amina Halake, a 36 year old mother of nine from Basa village noted that the improved access to pasture and water - especially during the dry seasons – means that lives-

tock now graze for seven months a year, as opposed to the normal three months in the past. This has greatly reduced the trekking time spent by women and children searching for water and pasture for their core livestock, which remain near the households to provide milk, especially for the younger children. GRAZING INSTEAD OF TREKKING The communities initially feared that the project activities would not benefit the productivity of their livestock. However, animals grazed under this system gain weight faster than in the usual systems, because they spend more time grazing instead of trekking in search of pastures. Regular changing of the bomas each week basis prevents the creation of foot trails and ensures that the animals’ droppings do not accumulate in one area. Thus, pasture growth is not inhibited and erosion does not degrade the lands. Dr. Diana Onyango Dr. Jeremiah Akumu Teamleaderin Kenya



Schools without walls Pastoral Field Schools (PFS), also known as ‘schools without walls’, are community managed learning, experimentation, extension and adaptation platforms where groups of 30-40 pastoralists (including elders, men, women and youth) regularly meet. They are a place where local people can observe, analyze and discuss social, economic and ecological issues together. VSF-Suisse uses Pastoral Field Schools to enhance community level experimentation and recommendations before implementing wide scale Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programs. PFS provide an excellent entry point to improve livelihoods among pastoral communities. They are an innovative and ground breaking step towards a more participatory and beneficiary driven support system. If implemented in line with the PFS lear16

ning outcomes, the DRR programs become more community managed, and also more cost effective and sustainable. NATURAL AND MAN-MADE CALAMITIES In recent years the pastoral communities in Majire and the neighbouring Kebeles in Somali Region in the south-east of Ethiopia have been victims of natural and man-made calamities. These include scarcity of water and pasture resources, livestock diseases, predators, falling income, and a high illiteracy rate. Mrs. Maalim Hassan is a member and co-facilitator of the Majire Pastoral Field School group initiated by VSF-Suisse in 2013. She remembers that some years ago, most of the pastoral people in the region were better-off. Their livestock was very productive and there was enough milk even to assist the poor. However, recurrent drought created pressures on water and pasture resources. As a result livestock diseases are now prevalent,

contributing to livestock death, pastoralist drop-outs, an increased school dropout rate, and ultimately poverty and hunger. THE COMMUNITY KNOWS BEST “Illiteracy is our enemy. Despite countless problems, we were lacking initiatives to tackle them all by joining our own capacity. But the VSF-Suisse project came with a ‘community knows best’ approach. From each PFS group three members were selected and trained on the implementation of PFS approaches for 21 days to afterwards serve as facilitators. I am one of them”, Maalim Hassan proudly states. As a result, the Majire PFS group has hired a trained teacher to give members adult literacy and numeracy sessions. By empowering the members of the community, not only do they gain confidence and acceptance, but future Disaster Risk Reduction measures are also much more likely to be fruitful.

IMPROVING ANIMAL HEALTH In addition VSF-Suisse trains Community Animal Health Workers (CAHWs) with the aim to reduce misuse of veterinary drugs by local pastoralists. With the support of the PFS group, awareness of the CAHWs was raised in the communities to seek advice about livestock diseases. The pastoralists are now able to access veterinary services for vaccination, de-worming and treatment of their livestock within their communities. Maalim Hassan concludes: “The Majire PFS group is now committed more than ever to end years of dependency on external assistance only. I wish VSF-Suisse introduced this important approach while all these communities still were rich. The good thing however is, that we are now optimistic and more prepared to reduce disasters on our own capacity.” Dr. Kebadu Simachew Country Director Ethiopia


South Sudan

Goats for former child-soldiers Twenty two years of civil war have dramatically stifled South Sudan’s development. During the war, both adults and children were recruited into Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and other armed groups. Some children were forcefully recruited, others joined voluntarily. Access to food and income were the major motivators. Since the end of the civil war over 4,000 children have been released by the SPLA and reunited with their families or communities. Earlier reunification attempts backfired because they were concentrated on social reintegration, but didn’t provide children or their carers economic support. To meet their basic needs many children returned to the military, joined armed groups or were engaged in child labour. Most South Sudanese are 18

agro-pastoralists and especially non livestock owning households suffer from food insecurity and poverty, which lead to the high propensity of children to join armed groups. GOATS FOR REINTEGRATION Between 2009 and 2013, VSF-Suisse supported the reintegration of former child-soldiers by distributing small ruminants. Beneficiaries and their caregivers were trained in appropriate small ruminants’ husbandry. Over 6,960 goats were distributed to 1,392 former child-soldiers and other vulnerable children and their caregivers. Benefits of the distribution of animals include improved household food and nutrition security through milk consumption, as well as income from milk and animal sales. In addition, the beneficiary households improve their credit rating and long-term capacity to provide for the children. Last but not least, animal manure increases crop yields. All the

above named points encourage the children to stay with their caregivers and attend school. This dissuades them from (re)joining the army and boosts the youngsters’ confidence and perspectives for a brighter future. HAPPIER AT HOME Stephen Gatkuoth Chuol, former child-soldier from Leer County in Unity State says: “I joined the military life in 2008 when my father, a soldier in SPLA, died. The army men in the barrack used to tell us the only father, mother and friend in the Barracks is the AK47 (Kalashnikov). It is the only source of food in the military life. When I was told that I would be removed from the barracks and be reunified with my family, I was not happy. That day I did not sleep at night because I was thinking of the hard life back home. The fact that I would miss my privileges from the army life would have been very difficult for me and my family and I might have considered returning to my soldier’s life. But thanks to VSF-

Suisse, who supported us with five female goats and training, we don’t sleep on an empty stomach as before, because we get enough milk to drink with our meals (read sorghum porridge). My mother is able to support my education and that of my brothers and sisters. I am so glad to be demobilized and I don’t want to go back to the barracks. I am happy to stay with my mother, five brothers and two sisters and to go to school. My ambition and hope is to become a medical doctor because I want to support my people who are suffering from many diseases and other problems”. Reintegration of former child-soldiers and other vulnerable children remains a priority of VSF-Suisse in South Sudan. While relative stability over the last 8 years has improved child welfare in South Sudan, emerging conflict from December 2013 unfortunately threatens these gains. Davis Ikiror Country Director South Sudan



Fresh milk in Bamako For the last 10 years VSF-Suisse has supported the local milk value chain in Mali. The success of this project is mainly the result of the proved ability of all involved actors to manage all dimension of the milk value chain. Flashback on a success story. 21


Predestined for the milk market Mali is a landlocked country in West Africa with a surface of 1,2 million km² (30 times Switzerland) and a population of 14,5 million. Mali is one of the 15 least developed countries in the world: more than 50% of the population live with less than 1,25 USD a day and a majority of the family income is spent on food. Mali lives a paradox. With more than seven million cattle and 15-20 million shoats, the country has an enormous milk production potential. Despite this more than 60% of the milk products consumed in Mali are imported from abroad. The production zones in the rural areas are badly connected to the urban market in Bamako. Furthermore, the small scale farmers often lack the knowledge and organization to sell their milk in the capital.

A PERFECT PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT In 2002, a joint study, launched by the research institutes Swiss TPH, the Sahel Institute (CILSS), the ETH Zurich, as well as the Central Veterinary Laboratory from Bamako (LCV), explored the Malian paradox. The study « Lait sain pour le Sahel » (healthy milk for the Sahel), analyses the distribution network, the transformation processes and the risk factors of fresh milk on human health. Furthermore it tested innovative techniques and worked out proposals to strengthen the local production norms, especially concerning the milk hygiene. Based on the study results and an encouraging pilot phase a new partnership was born, this time to develop the local milk market. The Swiss TPH, CAB Déméso, a Malian NGO and VSF-Suisse have jointly launched a three year project to strengthen the local milk production. The cooperative Bagan Yiriwa Ton has been established in Kassé-

la (20km from Bamako) and a first dairy has been built with a capacity of transforming approximately 200 liters milk a day. Today, 10 years later there is a whole network of milk collection points, dairies, a distribution center and numerous sales points (milk shops) in the capital. Over 1000 people, shepherds, small scale milk farmers, milk collectors, dairy personnel, milk vendors and other support persons have found a job and make their living through the PAFLAPUM network (Projet d’Appui à la Filière Laitière Péri-Urbaine du Mali). FROM THE STABLE TO THE FORK One of the main challenges lies in the structure of the Malian farming: about 650 small scale farmers are spread over a huge area and in many cases produce a small amount of milk per day. Getting this milk to consumers in a country where temperatures of over 40 degree Celsius are common, requires a special organisation. 23

The milk is collected at different collection points and from there brought to the nearest dairy where it is pasteurised. About half of the milk is processed and packaged into the locally known Fenè (sour milk). The four dairies in Kasséla, Ouéléssébougou, Keleya and Selingue, 42 km, 75 km, 100 km and 135 km away from Bamako deliver their milk daily to the distribution center at the capital, which gets the orders of the milk vendors and organises the dispatch of the milk to the 58 (in 2013) different milk shops all over the capital. Most of the 5000 to 15 000 liters of milk produced daily is sold on the spot at the milk collection points

and dairies. A remaining 2500 to 3000 liters of milk is sold through the 80 milk sellers in the city of Bamako.

breeding and milk hygiene. As a result local milk is available in Bamako 365 days per year.

One other difficulty: traditionally the farmers tend to keep as many animals as they can afford and usually go on transhumance for several months a year. This led to huge discrepancies; in some months the dairies had to handle large milk surpluses while during transhumance, they were left stranded. This of course is a poor basis on which to build a local milk market with a loyal customer base.

TOOLS FOR SUSTAINABILITY The progress of the last 10 years was achieved by a unique mix and specific use of microcredit, subsidies, training and the strong backing of local stakeholders.

Much work in raising awareness was necessary in recent years to familiarize the farmers to the concept of dairy farming. In the meantime, many farmers have reduced the size of their herds to a small number of productive animals and have moved to artificial inseminations with higher performance breeds. The PAFLAPUM project staff checks the farmers regularly at their homes and provides recommendations on feed, cattle

Microcredits have been used for example to procure fodder. The cooperatives buy the fodder in bulk and provide it to their members on credit. The latter can pay back the credit by delivering milk to the dairies. Subsidies are employed in cases where the local stakeholders don’t yet recognize the value of an activity. It is the case regarding quality of milk versus quantity. Therefore measures to improve the quality of the milk, for example training in hygiene, the introduction of improved milk cans and utensils are subsidised through the project. 24


2002 - 2003 Study « Lait sain pour le Sahel »

2009 - 2011 PAFLAPUM Phase II

2004 Creation of the first cooperative Bagan Yiriwa Ton and construction of the first dairy in Kasséla

Professionalisation of dairies’ management and implementation of the controlling system

The Malian President Amadou Toumani Touré visits the dairy of Kasséla

2005 - 2008 PAFLAPUM Phase I

New gas run pasteuriser

New dairies in Kéléya, Ouéléssébougou and Sélingué

220 milk cans collected in Switzerland for farmers in Mali

Buying of animal feed in bulk

Development of a network of milk collection points; 7 motorcycles and one vehicle bought

The first milk shops in Bamako; 34 milk vendors join together to form a cooperative

The umbrella organisation FENALAIT 25

In the past, various public and private initiatives aiming at strengthening the local milk value chain were launched but often unsuccessfully, because they benefit the infrastructure instead of the stakeholders. Run down and empty dairies and even a factory were left behind. In contrast, VSF-Suisse and CAB Déméso have chosen a Bottom-Up approach focusing on the organisation of the local stakeholders. Infrastructure investments were only granted once the dairy farmers, collectors and milk vendors have proven their interest and commitment over a longer term period. COOPERATIVES – HELPING PEOPLE TO HELP THEMSELVES The different dairy farmers are organised into 22 cooperatives, which are united in six regional unions forming together the national umbrella organisation, the FENALAIT. For 10 years the PAFLAPUM project team has been working hand in hand with the local stakeholders. It is the

key to success. Only when local stakeholders take charge of their own interests and their own organization, will they gain independence from external support and manage the local milk value chain sustainably. The culmination of the year 2013 is the creation of the Interprofession which brings together all stakeholders of the milk chain value in Mali and will run the newly planned central dairy. While the project team accompanies the stakeholders in the planning of the dairy - the negotiations with construction and equipment companies, the authorities and financial institutions - it will not finance this project. Having acquired the expertise, strength and organisation, the central dairy will be entirely the «Baby» of the local stakeholders themselves. STRONG PARTNERS ON THE GROUND AND ON BACKSTAGE The VSF-Suisse partner organisation in Mali, CAB Déméso is entrusted with the

implementation of the project and does so efficiently, thank to a team of experienced and long term collaborators, which have a true vision of development of their country. They are highly motivated and engage in their task with commitment and professionalism. Of course, the work of VSF-Suisse and CAB Déméso in Mali was and is only possible thanks to strong financial and technical partners, which – convinced by our development approach and the achievements obtained in Mali – continue to support us. Special thanks goes to the LED, MEDICOR, SYMPHASIS, SDC, as well as the cantons of Berne and Argovia; partners that stayed with us through difficult times and thereby guaranteed the development of the Malian milk sector. Many thanks from all our hearts! Nicole Litschgi Programme Manager West Africa and Ethiopia


2012 - 2015 PAFLAPUM Phase III •

Continuation of the project despite the political disturbances and the armed conflict in the North

Renovation of the collection’s network and reception of a refrigerated lorry

Memorandum of Understanding with the LCV for milk quality testing along the value chain

80 members at the milk vendor cooperative

Foundation of an Interprofession (vertical union) for the creation of a central dairy



Financial Statement 29


Financial Statement Turning the page If 2011 was a year of transformation and 2012 one of consolidation, then 2013 might be labelled the year of turning the page. In fact, the new people brought on board two years ago have gone to the bottom of the project ledger, cleaning out whatever potential losses remained from previous years. A visible sign of the thorough review of old projects is unfortunately a worsening of the capital of the organisation. Credits totaling CHF 216 895 booked in 2011 had to be reversed by way of restatement, leading to a negative capital of the organisation of CHF 475 245 as of December 31, 2012. It should be noted that this change is purely accounting and does not indicate a negative performance in 2013.

On the contrary, the situation has improved during the reporting year. Despite the considerable cost and effort of streamlining operations, the result for the year was positive to the tune of CHF 42 084. OPERATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS Financial control mechanisms were further strengthened. A financial controlling of all projects and a thorough Cash Flow planning and monitoring was implemented on a monthly basis. Board and management are working on further measures to optimize procedures. FINANCIAL SITUATION Even though the past has left deep traces in the finances, there are good reasons for optimism. The restoration from within has been supported by an unbelievable surge of support from our friends. For further success stories to be written on the new page, continued support is required. Our common goal is to help healthy people live in union with healthy animals in a healthy environment.

REPORT OF THE AUDITOR The annual audit of the financial statements 2013 was conducted by Ernst & Young Ltd, Berne. After evaluation of the auditor, the annual financial statement for the year ended 31st December 2013 gives a true and fair view of the financial position, the results and operations and the cash flows in accordance with Swiss GAAP FER 21. The auditor further confirms compliance with the provisions of the ZEWO foundation. Ernst & Young Ltd, Berne The annual report as well as the annual audit can be ordered at the Head Office and are published on


Balance sheet per 31 December 2013 (in CHF) ASSETS Cash Account receivables donors* Other accounts receivable Prepayments Inventory Accrued income Total current assets



513’531 1’449’328 936’341 1’108’999 45’396 27’065 107’628 107’150 2’187 2’565 1’095 8’201 1’606’178


Fixed assets



Total fixed assets









Other Accounts payable Accrued expenses*

561’289 760’488

478’784 1’797’637

Total current liabilities



Loans Subordinated Loan Total long-term liabilities

100’000 100’000 200’000

100’000 100’000 200’000

Restricted Funds Fund TVS GST AG Internally generated unrestricted funds Valuation difference Surplus for the year





-679’800 131’831 42’084

-704’214 129’555 24’414

Total capital of the organisation






*The accruals refer to contractually agreed project contributions by donors that go beyond the calendar year.


Statement of operations 2013 (in CHF) UNRESTRICTED INCOME Private donations Other donations Membership fees Other revenue Contributions from workshop Contributions from projects Fundraising campaigns Total unrestricted income

2013 198’178 14’384 34’715 2’197 0 365’544 39’380 654’398

2012 128’142 96’508 37’135 529 11’440 262’696 33’387 569’837

EXPENDITURES HEADQUARTERS Personnel -269’879 -263’870 Rent -22’539 -18’730 Administration -122’669 -151’331 Advertising -19’181 -17’145 Depreciation -702 -702 Other expenditure -22’137 0 Total expenditures Headquarters -457’107 -451’778 Financial result -13’964 -53’769 Extraordinary result -63’459 62’313 Fundraising campaigns -39’380 -33’387 RESULT OFFICE NAIROBI -34’098 -35’124 Allocation capital of the organisation -4’306 -89’677 Intermediate surplus I


PROJECT REVENUES Governmental agencies United Nations Public Sector Switzerland NGO Private Sector Other income Extraordinary income Total restricted income

2013 2012 2’810’715 2’069’581 1’782’933 2’162’401 128’733 81’079 1’018’239 799’793 193’802 8’339 0 8’616 121’771 94’261 6’056’193 5’224’070

PROJECT EXPENDITURES -5’903’986 -5’040’121 Surplus (-deficit) of projects



Utilization of restricted funds 6’038’297 5’440’097 Allocation of restricted funds -6’190’504 -5’568’047 Balance of movements in restricted funds SURPLUS FOR THE YEAR





-31’585 33


Thank you... 35

Thank you... In 2013 VSF-Suisse was more reliant on your support than ever before. The financial indebtedness of 2010 could not be reduced as initially expected. To­ wards the end of the year, this almost became an insurmountable hurdle for VSF-Suisse. But you did not let us down: Our call for donations “Save VSF-Suisse” of the beginning of December brought in a total of over 200’000 francs (until the end of the campaign on 28 February 2014). This great support encouraged the whole VSFSuisse team and made us positive and confident for the future. Also not to be forgotten are the regular donations and membership fees, in favour of VSF-Suisse’ work in Africa, which were registered throughout the year. A solid base of friends who support our work is essential for our organization.

Only with this second pillar it is possible to get financial support from our institutional donors. You can learn more about the VSF-Suisse membership and donations on our website We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your trust you placed in our organization and in our work in Africa! The year 2013 has taught us that together, we can make a difference! And the fight of the last few years was worth the effort. Although the crisis VSF-Suisse is facing is not yet entirely resolved, our team was able to start 2014 very optimistically and full of vim and vigour. It’s your support that allows us to be confident for the future. ASANTE SANA!


Friends of VSF-Suisse* 2013 *Private persons who have donated CHF 1,000 or more in 2013 (incl. call „Save VSF-Suisse“ until 28 February 2014)

Bauen Walter Biner Natascha Braun Ueli Brunner Katharina Brunner Madeleine Cantieni Wider Risch Degen Nadine Deplazes Peter & Pfeiffer Veronique Eberli Toni Eggenberger Risch Ueli & Silvia Ehrensperger Felix Estermann Kurt Federspiel Singh Geneviève Fournier Christine Friedli Tschumi Ulrich & Christine Fuschini Enzo Gozzoli Luciano Graf Felix Griot Christian Hänni Beat Härdi Landerer Christina Hasler Andreas & Roosje Petra Hauser Fiorentino Beat & Laura Hatt Jean-Michel

Hilti Martin Horber Peter Hotz Rudolf Kihm Ulrich König Beat Küpfer Urs Kutter Annette Marmier Odile Martig Johannes Meylan Mireille & Schelling Esther Morgenegg Gottfried Nabholz Heinz Niederberger Markus Perrin Jacques Pfister Elmiger Rudolf Pool Romano & Brigitte Pospischil Andreas Riedener Markus Rohner Felix & Huber Alfred Rüsch Peter Sanvittore Herzog Erika Sauser Jakob Schatzmann Hans Jürg Schlaepfer Kaspar Albert

Schmid Annegret Schneider Fritz Spallek Marcus & Staerk Katharina Steinlin Hanspeter Stohler Edurard Suter Brunner Maja Syz David Tognola Emanuela Waldvogel Andreas & Ursula Wettstein Rudolf Wyss Bernhard & Christine Wyss Johannes & Monika


Sponsors* 2013

*Companies who have donated CHF 1,000 or more in 2013 (incl. call „Save VSF-Suisse“ until 28 February 2014)

BESSY’S Kleintierklink AG Cabinet Vétérinaire de la Grange-Neuve SA Cabinet Vétérinaire Dr. Gmür et Dr. Cosmetatos-Fahrni Cabinet Vétérinaire du Molage SA Clinique du Vieux-Château Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) Finanzverwaltung Kanton Schwyz Gross- and Kleintierpraxis Werner Baumann Idexx Diavet AG IVF Hartmann AG Kleintierpraxis Lombard AG Kleintierpraxis Vorderberg Labor Laupeneck AG Laboratorium der Urkantone Medusahair MSD Animal Health GmbH Notfalldienst Agglomeration and Stadt Bern Notfalldienst TA Biel Planet Yoga AG

Poristes Foundation Schönau-Vets AG Service d’urgence du Valais STE Neuchâteloise des Vétérinaires STS Schmidiger Treuhand Stutz Interieur AG Schweizerische Vereinigung der Veterinär- Labordiagnostiker Swissgenetics Genossenschaft tezet AG Tierärztliche Treuhandstelle TVS AG Tierarztpraxis im blauen Haus AG Tierarztpraxis im Dorf Tierarztpraxis Schönegg AG Tierarztpraxis Spirig Tierarztpraxis von Schulthess Tierklink Aarau West AG Tierklinik TS AG Vétérinaire d’urgence Neuchâtel VSF-Suisse Board Members


Institutional Partners 2013 GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation), EC (European Commission), ECHO (European Community - Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection), LED (Liechtenstein Development Service), USAID / OFDA (U.S. Agency for International Development / Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance) UNITED NATIONS FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) PUBLIC SECTOR Canton of Aargau, Canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Canton of Basel-Stadt, Canton of Berne, Canton of Glarus, Canton of Schaffhausen, Canton of Schwyz, City of Berne, City of Onex, City of Zurich, Municipality of Bardonnex, Munici-

Board Members elected for 2013 pality of Grand-Saconnex, Municipality of Küsnacht, Municipality of Riehen, Municipality of Veyrier NGOS ADESO (African Development Solutions), CRWRC (Christian Reformed World Relief Committee), OXFAM GB, Save the Children UK FOUNDATIONS Biovision, Gebauer Foundation, Swiss Solidarity, Karl Mayer Foundation, Margaret & Francis Fleitmann Foundation, Margarethe & Rudolf Gsell Foundation, Medicor Foundation, Temperatio Foundation

Ulrich Kihm (President) Peter Rüsch (Vice-president) Andreas Waldvogel (Actuary) Cathy Maret Rainer Senn Stefanie Graf Enzo Fuschini Olivier Flechtner Fritz Schneider Dirk Strabel Felix von Sury Jakob Zinsstag

PRIVATE ENTITIES Basarverein Ilnau, Inner Wheel Club Bern Zytglogge, Notfalldienst Agglomeration und Stadt Bern


W healthy animals, healthy people, healthy planet

TEXT, TRANSLATION AND LAYOUT VSF-Suisse, May 2014 IMAGES Tom Martin, Martin and Martin Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse PRINT Rub Media AG

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